Speeding accidents are responsible for horrific injuries and fatalities. That’s why speeding laws are strict and exacting. The accidents take place everywhere, on city streets, in townships, on U.S. routes and the interstate. Statistics continually demonstrate that speeding remains a big threat on the road.
The speeding threat
Speeding’s threat is two-fold.
First, speeding dynamically impacts the time a driver can react to obstacles, hazards and unexpected changes in traffic. Second, speeding greatly decreases the chance a driver can stop or slow down to avoid a threat even if they apply the brakes.
Victims of speeding crashes
Some groups are more vulnerable than others in accidents. Pedestrians and cyclists are easily injured in that they don’t have the walls of a vehicle to absorb motor vehicle impact. Vehicle occupants are also at great risk in multi-car crashes and interstate trucks weighing tons and tons as they almost guarantee harm.
If involved in a speeding accident
Illinois law requires you and any other party driving to perform the following steps if they find themselves involved in motor vehicle accidents.
- Stop at the scene. Either leave the vehicle where it is or pull over to a safe and well-lit place without leaving the scene.
- Make sure no one got hurt. If anyone is, help them if you can.
- Without moving the injured, protect them from traffic. If you move the person, you could be held responsible for any injuries that aggravate the victim. Cover the person for comfort and to avoid further injury.
- Call 911. The law requires you to give law enforcement immediate notice of the accident.
- If there’s property damage but no harm to others, you must exchange information with the other driver(s). If you do not or you give false info, the police may arrest and charge you with a Class A misdemeanor.
Speeding in Illinois is not tolerated by the legal system. Accidents are scrutinized for fault. Parties responsible for accidents are legally and civilly liable for all repercussions. There’s the possibility of arrest and, alternatively, getting taken before a civil judge for compensation.